KANGAR: Thai Muslims invited by the Perlis government to receive aid during Ramadan this year had to wait three days for their application for a group border pass to be processed instead of one day as was the case previously.
This was because the Immigration authorities had become stricter following the unrest in southern Thailand, according to Satun Islamic Council Committee External Affairs chief Datuk Asmara Nuh.
He said 80 Muslims had been invited by Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim to receive hampers and cash.
In previous years, when we applied for the group border pass in the morning, we would get it in the evening.
But this time, the Satun village chief had to give an assurance to the authorities that we were going into Malaysia to receive the aid, he said.
Each of the 80 people received a hamper containing foodstuff and RM150 from Shahidan at Dewan Warisan here yesterday.
Nah Salimin, 44, a single mother, said this was the second year she received aid and was grateful to the state government.